Poppys Stockton
6 - 8 Silver Court
TS18 1SL

01642 608 539
Poppys Hartlepool
20 Victoria Road
TS26 8DD

01429 283 976
Poppys Stockton
01642 608 539
Poppys Hartlepool
01429 283 976
At Poppys Hairdressing we have been colour experts for over 30 years and your well-being is paramount.
For your safety, we are required by manufacturer’s instructions and in accordance with salon insurance cover  to carrying out a skin test at least 48 hours before your FIRST Colour service or :-
  • If it is more than 6 months since your last Colour at a Poppys Salon.
  • If you have had a tattoo, henna or black henna tattoo or permanent make-up since your last Colour.
  • If you have had a reaction to any hair dye since your last professional Colour.
As a skin allergy test we use Colourstart Self-Test Kit for you to apply at home which is a unique patch test used by professional hairdressers. Apply the test 48hrs before your appointment which will be removed by your stylist prior to your colour process.
The test only takes a couple of minutes and is, of course, complimentary. All the instructions are inside the packet.

Request Skin Test

You can  collect a skin test from one of our salons or if you would like us to post a skin test out to you, please call your nearest salon.

Unfortunately we have to reserve the right not to perform a Colour Service unless a skin test is carried out and verified.

Allergy to PPD (paraphenylenediamine) although rare can cause uncomfortable reactions, which may result in symptoms such as soft tissue swelling, blisters and infection. These allergic responses can develop at any time. Whether a professional or domestic user of hair colour, the simplest way to avoid complications is to test.

A black henna tattoo often on the beach, on holiday, often on our children, contains high quantities of PPD which can be in later life the culprit of skin reactions to PPD. It is the active ingredient found in permanent hair dye, which is proven to elicit allergic reactions in hypersensitive individuals. It is the memory of the PPD stored in Langerhans cells in the skin that when overloaded especially with darker hair colours causes reactions.
This is an important development in professional hairdressing, a new legal requirement to give both clients and salon peace of mind before starting any colour service.